Why Measles Is on the Rise: Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D.


Answers From the Lab

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a recent health advisory in response to the increasing number of measles outbreaks in the United States.

In this episode of “Answers From the Lab,” host Bobbi Pritt, M.D., chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic, is joined by Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., professor of laboratory medicine and pathology and clinical virologist at Mayo Clinic, to discuss why measles is in the news again and how we can prevent measles outbreaks.

Specific topics of discussion include:

  • The symptoms, characteristics, and complications of the measles virus.
  • The recent rise in measles cases and outbreaks being reported across the United States.
  • The importance of vaccination in preventing the spread of the highly contagious virus.
  • Why the measles laboratory test was eventually developed, and testing options available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

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Luci Gens

Luci Gens is a senior marketing specialist at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She joined Mayo Clinic in 2022 and has over ten years of experience in hospital-based marketing and communications.